December 10, 2012 |
The CopperWynd Resort & Club , in the McDowell Mountains east of Scottsdale, Ariz., is celebrating the holiday season with an $119-a-night deal, a discount of 32% off its regular room rate. The deal: The intimate CopperWynd has 32 rooms and dramatic views of the Sonoran Desert and Four Peaks. It offers a quieter alternative to the holiday hubbub at other resorts, but for those who do need some activity, there are two swimming pools, nine tennis courts and a fitness center, as well as access to area golf courses SunRidge Canyon Golf Club , the Golf Club at Eagle Mountain and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club . Its full-service spa features body treatments incorporating area gemstones such as amethysts and turquoise.
August 17, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 19 - 25 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY You got nuthin' on me, "Copper. " Tom Weston-Jones, above, is the long arm of the law in this new police procedural set way back in 1860s New York City. "The Bourne Identity's" Franka Potente also stars. (BBC America, 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m.) Gentlemen, start your ovens: Kicking off in Long Beach, and set to end 3,000-plus miles away in Maine, "The Great Food Truck Race" is on once again.
August 17, 2012 |
"Copper," which premieres Sunday night, is the first original drama from BBC America, a network that sometimes seems to be made entirely of "Top Gear" reruns. It is rather good. Co-created by Tom Fontana and executive produced by Barry Levinson, who earlier laid "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Oz" at our feet, with co-creator Will Rokos (who co-wrote "Monster's Ball"), it is a sort of Eastern western, set around the unruly, pestilent Five Points area of New York City in 1864 - the place and the time, or just after it, of Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York.
July 28, 2012 |
"What's this?" I ask the proprietor of Hitachiya, a Japanese cookware store in Torrance. I couldn't imagine how such a crude metal spike could possibly be used in the kitchen. "For nailing an eel to a board. " I shudder, remembering the one time I dealt with a still-wriggling eel. "And this?" I wonder, examining a hinged wire mesh basket with handle. "For roasting ginkgo nuts. " I'd made a trip to Hitachiya to buy a Japanese-made hand-hammered steel wok recommended by my friend Sonoko Sakai.
May 27, 2012 |
It seemed like a good idea at the time: Convert an area in Lower Manhattan into a comfortable, racially integrated middle-class neighborhood as the city's population swelled, largely through European immigration. Things didn't turn out so well, though: Before long, Five Points had become a crowded, diseased, heavily Irish slum, and even Charles Dickens, no stranger to urban squalor, was shocked by this "square of leprous houses ... reeking everywhere with dirt and filth," during a visit.
March 27, 2012 |
Naomi Wormell is a vicar, not a vigilante. But these days, she finds it hard to choose Christian charity over some swift -- and terrible -- retribution. The centuries-old church she leads in this quiet English village has fallen victim to a plague sweeping across Britain. Like hungry locusts, metal thieves have repeatedly attacked St. Mary's Church, swooping down on its roof in the dead of night and stripping away large sections of its Victorian-era lead cladding. Six times over a four-month period, the heartsick residents of Hatfield Broad Oak awoke to discover yet another piece of their history stolen, most likely to be melted down and sold for scrap.